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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from kkarlsen in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from BradG in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Shawn M in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from patricksparks in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Trak-Tor in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from chrish in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    More movement on the Ghost.  
     
    First, I've gotten the sighting blister more or less squared away.   I carefully cut and sanded a ring from cardstock and then, holding a piece of sandpaper (grit side up) against the belly of the fortress, sanded the ring.  The idea was that doing so would shape the base of the ring to match the curvature of the aircraft's belly.  This allows the ring to sit flush with both the curve of the aircraft's belly and the flat of the base of the blister.  I think it turned out pretty well.  The plan is to dip the blister in future, paint the ring, superglue the two together, then add them after I've done all the belly seamwork.
     

     
    I also spent a considerable amount of time sanding and shaping clear pieces to fit the cutouts for the gunner's windows.  I ended up cutting the needed pieces from cheek windows that would only be used on the -17F version of this kit and are thus unneeded on the E version.  As a bonus, they already had a slight curve that matched the curve of the belly.   I filled any gaps around the windows with apoxiesculpt and they all turned out pretty well.  They're not absolutely razor-straight, but they're as good as I'll ever get them.
     
     

     

    An application or two of Future will clear up those scratches just fine.
     
    I also sanded and re-riveted the staggered waist window.  Nevermind that bowed rivet line at the top... the fuselage slipped while I was running the riveter, so I had to fill it.  <facepalm>  I'll hit it with some primer later to see how it looks.

     
    The majority of my time the last few nights has been working on the turret.  I'm making good progress, though I feel like some of the general geometry is different from what I have found in pictures.  So, I'm sort of winging it a bit with panel lines, etc.  I started here by installing all the glass, filling the gaps with dissolved sprue, filling the gun openings with cardstock, and adding barrel collars cut from the kit's .50s that were allocated for the ball turret.  I then sanded everything smooth.

     
    After cutting out the holes for the case and belt link ejection chutes, I couldn't resist mocking everything up.  Externally, she's nearing completion.  I need to redo the fairing collar around the turret as it didn't cut evenly, but that's fairly easy.  

     

     

     

     

     
    There's still more to be done on the turret in terms of putty cleanup, panel scribing and riveting, but she's getting closer.  Someday I'll even paint parts of it!
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from BradG in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Ugh, this project has turned my usually fairly neat workbench into a disaster area.

    Tools of the trade... tape, scribers, saws, glue, cutters, files, scissors, and scotch.
     
    The paint side is a mess too...

     
    Anyway, here is a quick update.  I've opened the holes for the belly gunner's observation windows. 

    This photo illustrates the amount of seam work I'm going to have to do.  Nearly every inch of the fuselage seam has that ridge on both halves.  There will be much sanding, scraping, scribing, and riveting work in my future.  
     
    Speaking of riveting work, this will have to go.

    No doubt an artifact of the original staggered-window B-17G kit, this is a pretty ugly recess that will have to be dealt with.  Since taking this, I've already sanded the lines out and will have to re-rivet the area later.  Kind of a pain the in butt, but I understand the decision to use a removable plug in the mold from a business perspective.
     
    This is turning out to be an interesting bit.
     
    In an earlier post, you saw that I'd added a piece to the side catwalks because they needed to be more parallel than the kit parts allowed for.  Turns out, the kit has you place them much higher on the fuselage side wall than needed on the -17E.  If I'd placed the two catwalks where the instructions call for them to be, the two side windows would have been under the catwalks.  So, I had to cut and shape the catwalk supports, cut a couple of stringers, and generally finagle the catwalks to where they needed to be.  Once I did that, I realized that they lined up nearly parallel, so the part I added was no longer necessary.  So, I popped it off and cleaned the area up.  
     
    Currently, I'm working on the mount for the sight and the sighting blister.  I think the astrodome left over from the -17G parts is going to be a perfect fit.  I'm struggling a bit with what to use to fill the actual windows.  I have some clear acrylic sheeting that I think might fit the bill and is easy enough to work with.  I'm also trying to come up with a good way to build the platform for where the gunner lays.  Plastic card stock will work, but there has to be something easier.  
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from LSP_Ray in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Ugh, this project has turned my usually fairly neat workbench into a disaster area.

    Tools of the trade... tape, scribers, saws, glue, cutters, files, scissors, and scotch.
     
    The paint side is a mess too...

     
    Anyway, here is a quick update.  I've opened the holes for the belly gunner's observation windows. 

    This photo illustrates the amount of seam work I'm going to have to do.  Nearly every inch of the fuselage seam has that ridge on both halves.  There will be much sanding, scraping, scribing, and riveting work in my future.  
     
    Speaking of riveting work, this will have to go.

    No doubt an artifact of the original staggered-window B-17G kit, this is a pretty ugly recess that will have to be dealt with.  Since taking this, I've already sanded the lines out and will have to re-rivet the area later.  Kind of a pain the in butt, but I understand the decision to use a removable plug in the mold from a business perspective.
     
    This is turning out to be an interesting bit.
     
    In an earlier post, you saw that I'd added a piece to the side catwalks because they needed to be more parallel than the kit parts allowed for.  Turns out, the kit has you place them much higher on the fuselage side wall than needed on the -17E.  If I'd placed the two catwalks where the instructions call for them to be, the two side windows would have been under the catwalks.  So, I had to cut and shape the catwalk supports, cut a couple of stringers, and generally finagle the catwalks to where they needed to be.  Once I did that, I realized that they lined up nearly parallel, so the part I added was no longer necessary.  So, I popped it off and cleaned the area up.  
     
    Currently, I'm working on the mount for the sight and the sighting blister.  I think the astrodome left over from the -17G parts is going to be a perfect fit.  I'm struggling a bit with what to use to fill the actual windows.  I have some clear acrylic sheeting that I think might fit the bill and is easy enough to work with.  I'm also trying to come up with a good way to build the platform for where the gunner lays.  Plastic card stock will work, but there has to be something easier.  
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Tolga ULGUR in 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang "Old Crow"   
    Beautiful.  Thanks for sharing. 
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Trak-Tor in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Ugh, this project has turned my usually fairly neat workbench into a disaster area.

    Tools of the trade... tape, scribers, saws, glue, cutters, files, scissors, and scotch.
     
    The paint side is a mess too...

     
    Anyway, here is a quick update.  I've opened the holes for the belly gunner's observation windows. 

    This photo illustrates the amount of seam work I'm going to have to do.  Nearly every inch of the fuselage seam has that ridge on both halves.  There will be much sanding, scraping, scribing, and riveting work in my future.  
     
    Speaking of riveting work, this will have to go.

    No doubt an artifact of the original staggered-window B-17G kit, this is a pretty ugly recess that will have to be dealt with.  Since taking this, I've already sanded the lines out and will have to re-rivet the area later.  Kind of a pain the in butt, but I understand the decision to use a removable plug in the mold from a business perspective.
     
    This is turning out to be an interesting bit.
     
    In an earlier post, you saw that I'd added a piece to the side catwalks because they needed to be more parallel than the kit parts allowed for.  Turns out, the kit has you place them much higher on the fuselage side wall than needed on the -17E.  If I'd placed the two catwalks where the instructions call for them to be, the two side windows would have been under the catwalks.  So, I had to cut and shape the catwalk supports, cut a couple of stringers, and generally finagle the catwalks to where they needed to be.  Once I did that, I realized that they lined up nearly parallel, so the part I added was no longer necessary.  So, I popped it off and cleaned the area up.  
     
    Currently, I'm working on the mount for the sight and the sighting blister.  I think the astrodome left over from the -17G parts is going to be a perfect fit.  I'm struggling a bit with what to use to fill the actual windows.  I have some clear acrylic sheeting that I think might fit the bill and is easy enough to work with.  I'm also trying to come up with a good way to build the platform for where the gunner lays.  Plastic card stock will work, but there has to be something easier.  
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from LSP_Kevin in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Ugh, this project has turned my usually fairly neat workbench into a disaster area.

    Tools of the trade... tape, scribers, saws, glue, cutters, files, scissors, and scotch.
     
    The paint side is a mess too...

     
    Anyway, here is a quick update.  I've opened the holes for the belly gunner's observation windows. 

    This photo illustrates the amount of seam work I'm going to have to do.  Nearly every inch of the fuselage seam has that ridge on both halves.  There will be much sanding, scraping, scribing, and riveting work in my future.  
     
    Speaking of riveting work, this will have to go.

    No doubt an artifact of the original staggered-window B-17G kit, this is a pretty ugly recess that will have to be dealt with.  Since taking this, I've already sanded the lines out and will have to re-rivet the area later.  Kind of a pain the in butt, but I understand the decision to use a removable plug in the mold from a business perspective.
     
    This is turning out to be an interesting bit.
     
    In an earlier post, you saw that I'd added a piece to the side catwalks because they needed to be more parallel than the kit parts allowed for.  Turns out, the kit has you place them much higher on the fuselage side wall than needed on the -17E.  If I'd placed the two catwalks where the instructions call for them to be, the two side windows would have been under the catwalks.  So, I had to cut and shape the catwalk supports, cut a couple of stringers, and generally finagle the catwalks to where they needed to be.  Once I did that, I realized that they lined up nearly parallel, so the part I added was no longer necessary.  So, I popped it off and cleaned the area up.  
     
    Currently, I'm working on the mount for the sight and the sighting blister.  I think the astrodome left over from the -17G parts is going to be a perfect fit.  I'm struggling a bit with what to use to fill the actual windows.  I have some clear acrylic sheeting that I think might fit the bill and is easy enough to work with.  I'm also trying to come up with a good way to build the platform for where the gunner lays.  Plastic card stock will work, but there has to be something easier.  
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from LSP_Ray in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Thanks, everyone.  I've been trying to pick away at this for about 30-60 mins per day and have made some decent progress since my last post.  I should have an update soon as I've passed the point of no return in that I've opened up the lower gunner windows on each side of the fuselage.  No turning back now.
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from LSP_Ray in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Hi, all.  Well, I've definitely made some progress on the Ghost.  The bomb bay is done as is the radio room (save for sticking on the RO's chair).  After looking through the Eduard PE kits, I decided not to use them in either compartment and just built the kit out of the box.  I did this for a couple reasons.  First, I don't feel as though the bomb bay kit adds much and the RO's compartment is so closed off you won't see anything anyway.  Likewise, I've decided how I'm going to display this, and have opted for a wheels-up, bay-closed, cruise configuration to hang from my workshop's ceiling.  Long story short: I'm not putting a ton of time and effort into the bomb bay or RO compartment.
     
    So, with those two compartments done, I'm moving on to the biggest challenge of this kit... Converting the lower turret to one of the remotely-operated belly gun turrets.  I've got my work cut out for me, but things are progressing nicely.  
     
    While there are a few pictures out there showcasing the externals of the Sperry belly turret, I basically have this picture to work with for the interior.

     
    If anyone has any others, I'd be thrilled to see them.  There are a few major points that I have to address.  
     
    1. The turret itself (including mounting the guns inside)
    2. The parallel floor boards - the kit parts are angled and follow the contour of the fuselage.
    3. The raised platform next to the turret (it's on the right side of the ship in the above pic, but the kit has it on the left)
    4. The gunner's station and sighting mechanism on the floor - to include the sighting blister and windows in the fuselage.
    5. Mirrored mounts for the waist .50s.  The kit has the left gun mounted at the aft end of the window.
     
    I've been tinkering with ideas of how to recreate the belly turret and I'm happy to report that the kit has pretty much everything I need (so far).  I'm going to use one of the spare upper turrets as a stand-in for the belly.  For the cylinder that extends into the fuselage, I hit upon a pretty solid idea...
     

    ...the unused chin turret.  
     
    After a little surgery...

     
    The styrene blocks are there to help me set my depth and therefore the protrusion of this part outside the fuselage of the aircraft.  The tape is there to take up some of the gap between the frame for the kit ball turret and the chin turret shell.  These were prototypes and have been cleaned up.
     
    I sleeved the chin shell with some thin styrene sheet to give it a nice uniform appearance.

     
    Test fitting into the fuselage shows that the part is protruding just about the right depth.  

     
    That large gap around the turret will be covered by a flange of styrene sheet.  I found a reference photo that clearly shows a ring of aluminum around the turret, so that should cover that gap nicely.  I just need to get a drafting compass to make a good circle.  Riveting a circular line ought to be a hoot too. 
     
    Dry fitting the turret in place shows that things are looking pretty promising.

     

     

     
    Next, I'll figure out how the heck I'm going to mount the guns.  But, that's tomorrow's problem...
     
    Meanwhile, I've been working to straighten out the two walkways.  This was fairly simple to do with sheet styrene.  I filled some gaps, so I still have a little cleanup to do here.

     
    That long center piece will have to be cut so that I can build the gunner's station.  That's the day after tomorrow's problem.
     
    While waiting for stuff to dry, I've been picking away at the right wing and engines.  The good news about this kit is that there's so much to do, you've always got something to work on.  Tonight I made some good progress on getting the engines assembled and painted up.  
     
    Left to right are engines 4-1. 

     
    Only #3 is complete at the moment.  The rest need a bit of detail painting and weathering.  Then they're done.
     
    Dry fitting the right wing.

     

     
    I've done the initial round of sanding, but I have quite a bit of scribing and rivet work to do, particularly on the engine nacelles.  Their fit wasn't all that great, so I had to fill and sand quite a bit.  Generally speaking, the rest of the wing went together fairly well.
     
    I painted up the turbos at some point too.  

     
    And that's where she stands.  Next is more work on the turret and floorboards.  Wish me luck.  This is more scratch building than I've ever attempted before.
     
     
     
     
    Yeah, I can see through dry fitting that the upper fuselage will be a nasty fit.  I've already resigned myself to having to sand and re-rivet a bunch of lines as part of this project, so the upper will just be part of the process.  Generally speaking, I'm not overly impressed with the fit of a lot of the bigger parts.  C'est la vie.  For such a huge aircraft, it's kind of inevitable.
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Out2gtcha in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Thanks, everyone.  I've been trying to pick away at this for about 30-60 mins per day and have made some decent progress since my last post.  I should have an update soon as I've passed the point of no return in that I've opened up the lower gunner windows on each side of the fuselage.  No turning back now.
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Tolga ULGUR in 1/32 Tamiya P-51D Mustang "Old Crow"   
    Beautiful work as always, Tolga.  Maybe you've already answered this somewhere, but what do you do with all these models you build?
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Out2gtcha in HobbyBoss B-24 Liberator   
    Well done, Gary.  This is the first of these that I've actually seen completed and I'm super impressed.  I'm really glad to hear that it was a solid build too.  I'm slogging through the 1/32 B-17E right now, so it may be a while before I try my hand at another big project, but this certainly helps sell me on the idea. 
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from Trak-Tor in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Hi, all.  Well, I've definitely made some progress on the Ghost.  The bomb bay is done as is the radio room (save for sticking on the RO's chair).  After looking through the Eduard PE kits, I decided not to use them in either compartment and just built the kit out of the box.  I did this for a couple reasons.  First, I don't feel as though the bomb bay kit adds much and the RO's compartment is so closed off you won't see anything anyway.  Likewise, I've decided how I'm going to display this, and have opted for a wheels-up, bay-closed, cruise configuration to hang from my workshop's ceiling.  Long story short: I'm not putting a ton of time and effort into the bomb bay or RO compartment.
     
    So, with those two compartments done, I'm moving on to the biggest challenge of this kit... Converting the lower turret to one of the remotely-operated belly gun turrets.  I've got my work cut out for me, but things are progressing nicely.  
     
    While there are a few pictures out there showcasing the externals of the Sperry belly turret, I basically have this picture to work with for the interior.

     
    If anyone has any others, I'd be thrilled to see them.  There are a few major points that I have to address.  
     
    1. The turret itself (including mounting the guns inside)
    2. The parallel floor boards - the kit parts are angled and follow the contour of the fuselage.
    3. The raised platform next to the turret (it's on the right side of the ship in the above pic, but the kit has it on the left)
    4. The gunner's station and sighting mechanism on the floor - to include the sighting blister and windows in the fuselage.
    5. Mirrored mounts for the waist .50s.  The kit has the left gun mounted at the aft end of the window.
     
    I've been tinkering with ideas of how to recreate the belly turret and I'm happy to report that the kit has pretty much everything I need (so far).  I'm going to use one of the spare upper turrets as a stand-in for the belly.  For the cylinder that extends into the fuselage, I hit upon a pretty solid idea...
     

    ...the unused chin turret.  
     
    After a little surgery...

     
    The styrene blocks are there to help me set my depth and therefore the protrusion of this part outside the fuselage of the aircraft.  The tape is there to take up some of the gap between the frame for the kit ball turret and the chin turret shell.  These were prototypes and have been cleaned up.
     
    I sleeved the chin shell with some thin styrene sheet to give it a nice uniform appearance.

     
    Test fitting into the fuselage shows that the part is protruding just about the right depth.  

     
    That large gap around the turret will be covered by a flange of styrene sheet.  I found a reference photo that clearly shows a ring of aluminum around the turret, so that should cover that gap nicely.  I just need to get a drafting compass to make a good circle.  Riveting a circular line ought to be a hoot too. 
     
    Dry fitting the turret in place shows that things are looking pretty promising.

     

     

     
    Next, I'll figure out how the heck I'm going to mount the guns.  But, that's tomorrow's problem...
     
    Meanwhile, I've been working to straighten out the two walkways.  This was fairly simple to do with sheet styrene.  I filled some gaps, so I still have a little cleanup to do here.

     
    That long center piece will have to be cut so that I can build the gunner's station.  That's the day after tomorrow's problem.
     
    While waiting for stuff to dry, I've been picking away at the right wing and engines.  The good news about this kit is that there's so much to do, you've always got something to work on.  Tonight I made some good progress on getting the engines assembled and painted up.  
     
    Left to right are engines 4-1. 

     
    Only #3 is complete at the moment.  The rest need a bit of detail painting and weathering.  Then they're done.
     
    Dry fitting the right wing.

     

     
    I've done the initial round of sanding, but I have quite a bit of scribing and rivet work to do, particularly on the engine nacelles.  Their fit wasn't all that great, so I had to fill and sand quite a bit.  Generally speaking, the rest of the wing went together fairly well.
     
    I painted up the turbos at some point too.  

     
    And that's where she stands.  Next is more work on the turret and floorboards.  Wish me luck.  This is more scratch building than I've ever attempted before.
     
     
     
     
    Yeah, I can see through dry fitting that the upper fuselage will be a nasty fit.  I've already resigned myself to having to sand and re-rivet a bunch of lines as part of this project, so the upper will just be part of the process.  Generally speaking, I'm not overly impressed with the fit of a lot of the bigger parts.  C'est la vie.  For such a huge aircraft, it's kind of inevitable.
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from BradG in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Hi, all.  Well, I've definitely made some progress on the Ghost.  The bomb bay is done as is the radio room (save for sticking on the RO's chair).  After looking through the Eduard PE kits, I decided not to use them in either compartment and just built the kit out of the box.  I did this for a couple reasons.  First, I don't feel as though the bomb bay kit adds much and the RO's compartment is so closed off you won't see anything anyway.  Likewise, I've decided how I'm going to display this, and have opted for a wheels-up, bay-closed, cruise configuration to hang from my workshop's ceiling.  Long story short: I'm not putting a ton of time and effort into the bomb bay or RO compartment.
     
    So, with those two compartments done, I'm moving on to the biggest challenge of this kit... Converting the lower turret to one of the remotely-operated belly gun turrets.  I've got my work cut out for me, but things are progressing nicely.  
     
    While there are a few pictures out there showcasing the externals of the Sperry belly turret, I basically have this picture to work with for the interior.

     
    If anyone has any others, I'd be thrilled to see them.  There are a few major points that I have to address.  
     
    1. The turret itself (including mounting the guns inside)
    2. The parallel floor boards - the kit parts are angled and follow the contour of the fuselage.
    3. The raised platform next to the turret (it's on the right side of the ship in the above pic, but the kit has it on the left)
    4. The gunner's station and sighting mechanism on the floor - to include the sighting blister and windows in the fuselage.
    5. Mirrored mounts for the waist .50s.  The kit has the left gun mounted at the aft end of the window.
     
    I've been tinkering with ideas of how to recreate the belly turret and I'm happy to report that the kit has pretty much everything I need (so far).  I'm going to use one of the spare upper turrets as a stand-in for the belly.  For the cylinder that extends into the fuselage, I hit upon a pretty solid idea...
     

    ...the unused chin turret.  
     
    After a little surgery...

     
    The styrene blocks are there to help me set my depth and therefore the protrusion of this part outside the fuselage of the aircraft.  The tape is there to take up some of the gap between the frame for the kit ball turret and the chin turret shell.  These were prototypes and have been cleaned up.
     
    I sleeved the chin shell with some thin styrene sheet to give it a nice uniform appearance.

     
    Test fitting into the fuselage shows that the part is protruding just about the right depth.  

     
    That large gap around the turret will be covered by a flange of styrene sheet.  I found a reference photo that clearly shows a ring of aluminum around the turret, so that should cover that gap nicely.  I just need to get a drafting compass to make a good circle.  Riveting a circular line ought to be a hoot too. 
     
    Dry fitting the turret in place shows that things are looking pretty promising.

     

     

     
    Next, I'll figure out how the heck I'm going to mount the guns.  But, that's tomorrow's problem...
     
    Meanwhile, I've been working to straighten out the two walkways.  This was fairly simple to do with sheet styrene.  I filled some gaps, so I still have a little cleanup to do here.

     
    That long center piece will have to be cut so that I can build the gunner's station.  That's the day after tomorrow's problem.
     
    While waiting for stuff to dry, I've been picking away at the right wing and engines.  The good news about this kit is that there's so much to do, you've always got something to work on.  Tonight I made some good progress on getting the engines assembled and painted up.  
     
    Left to right are engines 4-1. 

     
    Only #3 is complete at the moment.  The rest need a bit of detail painting and weathering.  Then they're done.
     
    Dry fitting the right wing.

     

     
    I've done the initial round of sanding, but I have quite a bit of scribing and rivet work to do, particularly on the engine nacelles.  Their fit wasn't all that great, so I had to fill and sand quite a bit.  Generally speaking, the rest of the wing went together fairly well.
     
    I painted up the turbos at some point too.  

     
    And that's where she stands.  Next is more work on the turret and floorboards.  Wish me luck.  This is more scratch building than I've ever attempted before.
     
     
     
     
    Yeah, I can see through dry fitting that the upper fuselage will be a nasty fit.  I've already resigned myself to having to sand and re-rivet a bunch of lines as part of this project, so the upper will just be part of the process.  Generally speaking, I'm not overly impressed with the fit of a lot of the bigger parts.  C'est la vie.  For such a huge aircraft, it's kind of inevitable.
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from brahman104 in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Thanks, Craig.  I understand what you're talking about.  Good to know.  It's probably a bit late for me to reconfigure the nose guns, but I'll keep that in mind for the waist guns.
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from MikeMaben in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Hi, all.  Well, I've definitely made some progress on the Ghost.  The bomb bay is done as is the radio room (save for sticking on the RO's chair).  After looking through the Eduard PE kits, I decided not to use them in either compartment and just built the kit out of the box.  I did this for a couple reasons.  First, I don't feel as though the bomb bay kit adds much and the RO's compartment is so closed off you won't see anything anyway.  Likewise, I've decided how I'm going to display this, and have opted for a wheels-up, bay-closed, cruise configuration to hang from my workshop's ceiling.  Long story short: I'm not putting a ton of time and effort into the bomb bay or RO compartment.
     
    So, with those two compartments done, I'm moving on to the biggest challenge of this kit... Converting the lower turret to one of the remotely-operated belly gun turrets.  I've got my work cut out for me, but things are progressing nicely.  
     
    While there are a few pictures out there showcasing the externals of the Sperry belly turret, I basically have this picture to work with for the interior.

     
    If anyone has any others, I'd be thrilled to see them.  There are a few major points that I have to address.  
     
    1. The turret itself (including mounting the guns inside)
    2. The parallel floor boards - the kit parts are angled and follow the contour of the fuselage.
    3. The raised platform next to the turret (it's on the right side of the ship in the above pic, but the kit has it on the left)
    4. The gunner's station and sighting mechanism on the floor - to include the sighting blister and windows in the fuselage.
    5. Mirrored mounts for the waist .50s.  The kit has the left gun mounted at the aft end of the window.
     
    I've been tinkering with ideas of how to recreate the belly turret and I'm happy to report that the kit has pretty much everything I need (so far).  I'm going to use one of the spare upper turrets as a stand-in for the belly.  For the cylinder that extends into the fuselage, I hit upon a pretty solid idea...
     

    ...the unused chin turret.  
     
    After a little surgery...

     
    The styrene blocks are there to help me set my depth and therefore the protrusion of this part outside the fuselage of the aircraft.  The tape is there to take up some of the gap between the frame for the kit ball turret and the chin turret shell.  These were prototypes and have been cleaned up.
     
    I sleeved the chin shell with some thin styrene sheet to give it a nice uniform appearance.

     
    Test fitting into the fuselage shows that the part is protruding just about the right depth.  

     
    That large gap around the turret will be covered by a flange of styrene sheet.  I found a reference photo that clearly shows a ring of aluminum around the turret, so that should cover that gap nicely.  I just need to get a drafting compass to make a good circle.  Riveting a circular line ought to be a hoot too. 
     
    Dry fitting the turret in place shows that things are looking pretty promising.

     

     

     
    Next, I'll figure out how the heck I'm going to mount the guns.  But, that's tomorrow's problem...
     
    Meanwhile, I've been working to straighten out the two walkways.  This was fairly simple to do with sheet styrene.  I filled some gaps, so I still have a little cleanup to do here.

     
    That long center piece will have to be cut so that I can build the gunner's station.  That's the day after tomorrow's problem.
     
    While waiting for stuff to dry, I've been picking away at the right wing and engines.  The good news about this kit is that there's so much to do, you've always got something to work on.  Tonight I made some good progress on getting the engines assembled and painted up.  
     
    Left to right are engines 4-1. 

     
    Only #3 is complete at the moment.  The rest need a bit of detail painting and weathering.  Then they're done.
     
    Dry fitting the right wing.

     

     
    I've done the initial round of sanding, but I have quite a bit of scribing and rivet work to do, particularly on the engine nacelles.  Their fit wasn't all that great, so I had to fill and sand quite a bit.  Generally speaking, the rest of the wing went together fairly well.
     
    I painted up the turbos at some point too.  

     
    And that's where she stands.  Next is more work on the turret and floorboards.  Wish me luck.  This is more scratch building than I've ever attempted before.
     
     
     
     
    Yeah, I can see through dry fitting that the upper fuselage will be a nasty fit.  I've already resigned myself to having to sand and re-rivet a bunch of lines as part of this project, so the upper will just be part of the process.  Generally speaking, I'm not overly impressed with the fit of a lot of the bigger parts.  C'est la vie.  For such a huge aircraft, it's kind of inevitable.
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from spacewolf in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Hi, all.  Well, I've definitely made some progress on the Ghost.  The bomb bay is done as is the radio room (save for sticking on the RO's chair).  After looking through the Eduard PE kits, I decided not to use them in either compartment and just built the kit out of the box.  I did this for a couple reasons.  First, I don't feel as though the bomb bay kit adds much and the RO's compartment is so closed off you won't see anything anyway.  Likewise, I've decided how I'm going to display this, and have opted for a wheels-up, bay-closed, cruise configuration to hang from my workshop's ceiling.  Long story short: I'm not putting a ton of time and effort into the bomb bay or RO compartment.
     
    So, with those two compartments done, I'm moving on to the biggest challenge of this kit... Converting the lower turret to one of the remotely-operated belly gun turrets.  I've got my work cut out for me, but things are progressing nicely.  
     
    While there are a few pictures out there showcasing the externals of the Sperry belly turret, I basically have this picture to work with for the interior.

     
    If anyone has any others, I'd be thrilled to see them.  There are a few major points that I have to address.  
     
    1. The turret itself (including mounting the guns inside)
    2. The parallel floor boards - the kit parts are angled and follow the contour of the fuselage.
    3. The raised platform next to the turret (it's on the right side of the ship in the above pic, but the kit has it on the left)
    4. The gunner's station and sighting mechanism on the floor - to include the sighting blister and windows in the fuselage.
    5. Mirrored mounts for the waist .50s.  The kit has the left gun mounted at the aft end of the window.
     
    I've been tinkering with ideas of how to recreate the belly turret and I'm happy to report that the kit has pretty much everything I need (so far).  I'm going to use one of the spare upper turrets as a stand-in for the belly.  For the cylinder that extends into the fuselage, I hit upon a pretty solid idea...
     

    ...the unused chin turret.  
     
    After a little surgery...

     
    The styrene blocks are there to help me set my depth and therefore the protrusion of this part outside the fuselage of the aircraft.  The tape is there to take up some of the gap between the frame for the kit ball turret and the chin turret shell.  These were prototypes and have been cleaned up.
     
    I sleeved the chin shell with some thin styrene sheet to give it a nice uniform appearance.

     
    Test fitting into the fuselage shows that the part is protruding just about the right depth.  

     
    That large gap around the turret will be covered by a flange of styrene sheet.  I found a reference photo that clearly shows a ring of aluminum around the turret, so that should cover that gap nicely.  I just need to get a drafting compass to make a good circle.  Riveting a circular line ought to be a hoot too. 
     
    Dry fitting the turret in place shows that things are looking pretty promising.

     

     

     
    Next, I'll figure out how the heck I'm going to mount the guns.  But, that's tomorrow's problem...
     
    Meanwhile, I've been working to straighten out the two walkways.  This was fairly simple to do with sheet styrene.  I filled some gaps, so I still have a little cleanup to do here.

     
    That long center piece will have to be cut so that I can build the gunner's station.  That's the day after tomorrow's problem.
     
    While waiting for stuff to dry, I've been picking away at the right wing and engines.  The good news about this kit is that there's so much to do, you've always got something to work on.  Tonight I made some good progress on getting the engines assembled and painted up.  
     
    Left to right are engines 4-1. 

     
    Only #3 is complete at the moment.  The rest need a bit of detail painting and weathering.  Then they're done.
     
    Dry fitting the right wing.

     

     
    I've done the initial round of sanding, but I have quite a bit of scribing and rivet work to do, particularly on the engine nacelles.  Their fit wasn't all that great, so I had to fill and sand quite a bit.  Generally speaking, the rest of the wing went together fairly well.
     
    I painted up the turbos at some point too.  

     
    And that's where she stands.  Next is more work on the turret and floorboards.  Wish me luck.  This is more scratch building than I've ever attempted before.
     
     
     
     
    Yeah, I can see through dry fitting that the upper fuselage will be a nasty fit.  I've already resigned myself to having to sand and re-rivet a bunch of lines as part of this project, so the upper will just be part of the process.  Generally speaking, I'm not overly impressed with the fit of a lot of the bigger parts.  C'est la vie.  For such a huge aircraft, it's kind of inevitable.
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from spacewolf in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Ideas are starting to take shape.  
     

     
    More to follow!
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from spacewolf in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    As of today, I'm officially done with the cockpit.  This is a big milestone for me as its where I've stalled twice on this project, so I'm really happy to be done with it.  In the end, I think it turned out well, though I'm still on the fence about the pre-painted Eduard stuff.  In some cases, it looks pretty artificial.  While it does add detail in a lot of areas, it still catches my eye to look unnatural.  I'm debating on whether or not to use them further in the bomb bay and radio rooms.  
     
    Again, I'm going for a natural metal finish on most interior sections.

    Eduard chose to use interior green in their parts, which kinda sucks.  It will have to do, I suppose.
     

     

    I had to move the fire extinguisher holder in order to clear the sidewall.  Stupidly, I followed the Eduard instructions for placement without checking for interference with the sidewall.  Once the sidewall is in place, the errant mark is obscured completely, and let's face it, none of it will ever be visible once I button the whole beast up, so what does it matter anyway?
     

    Again, the eduard parts are hit and miss.  The IP looks nice and the seatbelts are pretty slick, but the seat cushions just look... meh.  I think next time, I'd make a cushion out of ApoxieSculpt and paint it yellow instead.  Again, once the aircraft is buttoned up, they'll not be too noticeable.
     
    The overhead panel.

     
    A quick mock-up of the cockpit and nose sections.  Once it's all together, it looks pretty slick.  

     

     

    I wonder how many of those microscopic parts will pop off while I'm trying to fit the cockpit, fuselage, and upper fuselage together.  
     
    And lastly, here is the right wheel well.  Not much to go on here, so it got a grubby black wash to simulate the omnipresent oil leakage from a radial engine, and that's about it.

     
    It's currently buttoned up and has been installed in the wing, which has been glued together.  Also, I haven't taken pictures of it yet, but I've gotten both horizontal stabilizers, elevators, and rudder built and cleaned up too.  I might paint the striped rudder soon just for fun.  :)
     
    That's all for today.  Hopefully more soon!
     
     
     
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    Gewehr 43 got a reaction from spacewolf in The Swamp Ghost - B-17E 41-2446   
    Good afternoon, everyone.  I'm finally back with an update on the Swamp Ghost project.  Happy to report it is progressing well, though a busy winter has put this on the backburner a bit.  For the last few months, I've been busy with stuff with my kid, work, and I've gotten sucked into a game of War in the Pacific: Admiral's Edition.  It's a grand strategy game that simulates the entirety of the Pacific war on a day-by-day basis, and while a bit dated, it's pretty amazing.  
     
    That said, I've made some good progress in the past couple weeks with the Swamp Ghost.  After my early starts above, have completed the nose, cockpit and right wheel well.  I'm jumping around a bit in the build to keep things interesting.  
     
    First, I swapped out the kit barrels on the .50s for turned metal.  The difference is incredible.  I also added a few PE bits from the Eduard kits.

     

     
    The nose section involved a repaint from scratch.  I'm banking on the crew (or ground crew) having removed most of the padding and sound insulation in the nose and cockpit before 41-2446's fateful flight, and therefore am going with a natural metal finish throughout.  The veracity of this is questionable as I believe 41-2446 was only in-theater for a day or two before she was lost, so crews wouldn't have had much time to pull out the cloth materials.  
     
    Nose sections with Eduard parts before and after oil wash.

     

     

     

    The lighting makes the ammo box look natural metal, but it's actually OD green.
     

     
     
    I also pulled most of the parts off the nose compartment floor in order to repaint it as wood.  Pretty happy with the end results here.

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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